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Venetian Rhapsody by Tonya Penrose is a Fall Into These Great Reads pick #romanticcomedy #giveaway

Title Venetian Rhapsody

Author Tonya Penrose

Genre Rom/com

Book Blurb

In a glancing moment, Eduardo and Sofia experience their first chance encounter that alters how they see their world and ignites a grand love. A romance where the barriers of time's constraints fall away…leaving them with an unfolding mystery around their powerful connection. Two encounters a year apart bring plenty of complications, smiles, and undeniable love.

A companion soundtrack album by award-winning composer and musician David Bazo highlights the story's unfolding.


“Pardon me, señorita, but your case’s hook tore the pocket right off my jacket.” He handed the piece of material to her. “Excuse me, but I see this a bit differently. Your droopy pocket snagged my briefcase as I was dashing for cover. And thanks to you, here we sit in a mud pit alone in the middle of a drenching. Everyone else made it inside clean—”

Didn’t he recognize her?

“Clean and dry.” His anger turned to surprise. “It’s you.” He tried to stand, but the slick mud offered no traction.

“Of course it’s me. Who else would I be?” Sofia attempted to scoot sideways into the grass. The rain shower may have passed, but not her predicament. “Please, still yourself.”

“I will not still myself, Signore Whoever.”

“It’s Señor Eduardo Diaz. Please continue your ranting, if you find it helps,” he replied, his tanned face accentuated by his brilliant white teeth.

“Yes, it helps, Señor Diaz,” Sofia replied with a huff. “I’m soaked, covered in red mud, my favorite silk blouse is ruined, and I need a bath.”

His hand pointed to their problem.

“What now?” huffed Sofia.

Eduardo’s cognac eyes twinkled and distracted her. Sofia saw the laptop case strap wrapped around his ankle.

“Oh. Good grief.” She bent over to untangle the strap only to butt heads smartly with the man, who still looked eerily familiar.

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What’s your favorite thing about autumn?

Picking apples and the mountians' fall color show.

What inspired you to write this story:

I was sitting on my porch gazing at the lake, listening to a song, Venetian Reverie, from one of David Bazo’s albums. A couple in love flashed into my mind. The scene unfolded of them riding a gondola in Venice. A profound sadness enveloped them as it was their last night together before fate stepped in to separate them from a grand love like no other. Each time I listened to this amazing song, more of Sofia and Eduardo’s story came. A book was born, and an album soundtrack was created by David Bazo to companion Venetian Rhapsody. Our unique collaboration created a fully immersive experience for readers.

Giveaway –

One lucky reader will win a $75 Amazon gift card

Open internationally.

Runs September 1 – 30

Drawing will be held on October 2.

Author Biography

As an author, Tonya’s moved by the effect humor and narratives have on readers. That observation illuminates why her stories often convey messages inviting personal exploration. She is enthusiastic about crafting stories with beguiling characters, adding dashes of snappy humor and engaging dialogue that leaves her fingerprint on each page.

When Tonya relocated to the mountains, she found fresh writing ideas waiting. From her favorite porch chair gazing at a tranquil lake, the nudge to scribe her first novel came calling. From her beach chair, she got the idea for a cozy series, Shell Isle Mysteries. Tonya confesses new respect for a chair’s ability to motivate writers. She chases her writing joy from the mountains to the seashore.

The Shell Isle Mystery Series introduces four novels: Baubles to Die For, Red, White, and Boom, Murder by Numbers, and Teatime Trouble, releases soon. The characters of Page and Betsy keep chattering to Tonya, so expect future stories in this collection.

Tonya’s other books include Old Mountain Cassie: The Three Lessons, A Secret Gift, Welcome to Charm, and Venetian Rhapsody. An exciting collaboration with award-winning composer David Bazo offers a fully immersive experience with the book Venetian Rhapsody and the companion soundtrack album found at

Her fiction and nonfiction stories are published in numerous anthologies, e-magazines, local press, and literary magazines. She’s a member of Poets and Writers. Tonya Penrose is her fiction pen name.

Social Media Links

X: @TonyaWrites

Instagram: @TonyaPenroseWrites


Sep 24, 2023

The weather is my fave thing about fall


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Sep 14, 2023

Thank you, Tonya, for sharing your book and David's cd in our Fall Into These Great Reads Bookathon!

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